Magazine article Variety

Web Shows Loin the Fray

Magazine article Variety

Web Shows Loin the Fray

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Taormina experiments with Internet skeins as festival fodder ByNickvivareu

By welcoming Internet series, Taormina is putting itself at the forefront of international fests showcasing Web-based or cross-platform content along-side titles made for theatrical.

Last year, Taormina ran Web shorts individually before a movie of the same genre. This time the fest is taking a different tack, unspooling a 2H-hour segment dedicated just to world preems of Web skein pilots or unseen episodes, each no more than 10 minutes long, screening one after another.

"I'm trying out different ways to see how Web series can become festival fare," says artistic director Mario Sesti.

Italy, where the webisode phenom got started only about two years ago, will feature prominently in the Taormina lineup; the only international Web skein on display will be Yank Pride and Prejudice online spoof The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, developed by Hank Green and Bernie Su. The Web series scooped up the Interactive/Social Media Experience nod at this year's Intl. …

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